Title: Stranger at the Door
Author: J.S. Cook
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 87 Pages
At a Glance: Stranger at the Door is a little sad and eerie and wonderful love story.
Reviewed By: Maryann
Blurb: South Carolina lawyer Calvin Amos is confident he can gain Thomas Basinger his freedom on appeal. Thom was convicted of a murder during an armed robbery gone bad. But Basinger’s case proves more difficult than Cal anticipated, and the battle he assumed he’d win turns into a devastating failure. Remorseful over the personal defeat, after Basinger is executed, Cal throws himself out of his office window.
Bizarrely, the fall doesn’t kill him. Even stranger, Thom Basinger rings Cal’s doorbell looking for a job. Both men are drawn to each other. Before long, the two forge a unique, heartfelt connection that transcends the boundaries of life and death.
Calvin Amos always imagined himself in possession of some great love or other. He didn’t know he had to die to find it.
Review: Stranger at the Door is a little sad and eerie and wonderful love story written by J.S. Cook. The plot is very creative, as it comes from two different planes, and kept me intrigued as the story developed. I really liked the tale of the dead that’s told, which gives this novella an eerie feel. I have read other books by this author, and really love that most are from different eras and that the language and descriptions follow the time periods.
Stranger at the Door takes place in South Carolina, in the year 1933, where Calvin Amos is witness to Thomas Basinger’s execution by electric chair. Thomas was Calvin’s client, he felt he did all he could to prove Thomas innocent, but the jury’s decision was guilty. As if the execution wasn’t awful enough, Thomas was given a second jolt and then declared dead by the doctor. Calvin, feeling shame and hopelessness, stays until Thomas’s body is taken away. Calvin has a hard time dealing with the electrocution and jumps from the eighth floor of his office building, but an awning from a shop below breaks his fall, and he winds up with only some bruises and broken bones. And, as if things couldn’t get worse, he has to deal with the break-up with his fiancé. Now loneliness has consumed him.
Calvin is furious when a man shows up at his door, looking just like Thomas Basinger. He believes someone has hired an impersonator as a cruel joke. Thomas is actually on a mission, and eventually Calvin hires him to tend to the garden. As time goes on, he and Thomas become close, and Calvin starts to believe this man is truly Thomas Basinger.
I really liked how Calvin and Thomas were careful with each other’s feelings, especially Thomas. He wanted to protect Calvin from what was to come, but knew there was no way around it. Thomas didn’t know if he could fit in Calvin’s world, but you never know where love can be found.
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